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Homeschooling a Boy (Part 1)


If you’re a mom of boys, then you know what I mean! They are just WIRED differently! Mostly, they’re just WIRED. I don’t necessarily mean they’re hyperactive, I mean within themselves their BRAINS are running 90 miles per second.

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Heel Injuries, They Aren’t Usually Fatal


Last night I had the great pleasure of speaking with a friend about a situation which had caused great despair in her life.  This situation is truly a difficult one, and one no parent should ever have endure.  At the moment I spoke these words I knew that they would need to be blogged as well.

When we endure times of great trial, despair, discouragement, dismay, and tribulation, there is one (and likely many of his friends) who celebrates your situation.  You see Satan (and his friends) takes great joy in the sufferings of man, because in his weakmindedness he sees this as an opportunity to derail your faith.  This isn’t to say that at times it is very tempting to cave and give up, but that Satan is weakminded enough not to realize that heel injuries aren’t fatal.

Did ya get that?

Heel injuries are NOT  usually fatal.

I know that some of you already have caught on to where I am going with this.  It’s still a good read though so hang in here with me and at the very least be entertained.

 

So lets take a trip back to the very beginning here.  God makes the Earth and everything in it, he declares it all good.  Now see, when I say that something is good, its probably pretty good….more or less it isn’t terrible but its all a matter of perspective.  When God say something is good,  his kinda good is the good that is so good there isn’t a word in all the languages of the world that could truly convey exactly how good it is.  So God makes it and it’s all good…..but then there had been that little issue with Satan and  his lofty thoughts of ascending.

I’ll climb to heaven.I’ll set my throne    over the stars of God.  I’ll run the assembly of angels that meets on sacred Mount Zaphon.  I’ll climb to the top of the clouds.  

 

 

So,  here is ol “slewfoot” now abased.  He tempts Eve, she bites, and then Adam too….you know the old story.  There’s a part though that quite a few people miss.

 

I  will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.  (Gen 3:15 Douay-Reims)

 

So here’s where it lies…..Satan becomes Eve’s enemy (and Adams too), and OUR enemy.  The interesting part though is kinda in rewind just a little so lets step back in time just a shake.    Satan offers,  Eve eats, Adam eats……in Satan’s mind, he has WON.  Satan is having his moment of glory, his hip hip hoorah, his fifteen minutes of fame, his out of this world victory dance has commenced…..he is CELEBRATING the devastation he has just caused (which Adam and Eve don’t seem to be entirely aware of because after all they didnt “die”…..yet).   So here sits Satan celebrating, high fiving some of the angels who fell with him (you do realize he had a team right?).  Then God (who obviously already knew what was up) says to him, after his little talk with Adam and Eve,

Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all animals, domestic and wild. You will crawl on your belly, groveling in the dust as long as you live.

 

Oh man, talk about a party killer.  Satan’s victory, just turned to a curse like no other…….he’s cursed to be a belly crawlin, dust eatin, weakminded, groveler.  Man if that doesn’t take the wind out of your sails I dono what would…..oh wait, yes I do!  That next verse!

 

I  will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.  (Gen 3:15 Douay-Reims)

 

Not ONLY are you gonna crawl around in the dust groveling…..there’s an enmity between you and the woman, and all your seed and all of her seed now.  In the course of this enmity YOU Devil are going to strike at her heel (which will irritate us to no end), but SHE is going to CRUSH your head.

 

Let’s review that one more time…..

 

How many times have you known someone who died of a fatal injury to the HEEL?

 

Okie then….now let’s talk about head injuries.

 

How many times have you heard of someone dying from a fatal blow to the head?

 

Yea, that’s what Im sayin….

 

Satan strikes at my “homeschool heel” nearly everyday in one form or another, and some days I just wanna cut my daggone foot off because those “strikes” are not painless…..in fact they are VERY painful.  It’s only because I know (and now you do too) that Heel Injuries ARE NOT Fatal, that I am able to suck it up and put on my blue jean jumper (come on…its the homeschool mom uniform and ya know it) and move on.  The most comfort I get though is knowing that ALTHOUGH Satan will strike at my heel…..I am going to CRUSH his head.  He may irritate the snot out of ME, but I’m going to CRUSH him.

 

Be Encouraged!

 

 

 

 

 

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Pearls of Great Price


Matthew 13v 45-46

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it

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God looked upon me as a pearl of great price, this is why he redeemed me through his son Jesus. He redeemed me not because of anything I could ever do to deserve such a wonderful gift of grace and mercy but because he saw his creation (me) in desperate need before I was even created.

What was it that he saw in me worth redeeming?

I have no idea, I suppose he saw a person created in his own image who would die and go to Hell unless he made a way to reconnect with me. When I think about this great parental love that our father God has for us, I can only begin to imagine that he feels more love towards me than I do my own children even….and that is hard to comprehend considering how I love them so.

When I look at my children, I see myself ( in image…because they look so doggone much like me its unreal), they are a part of me…at their core they bear my imprint (genetically speaking). My children are my own pearls of great price, I would give all that I am, have, and ever will be for them…right down to my very life. When I reflect upon this I can only begin to think….God entrusted their lives to ME….he loaned them to ME for such a time as this, that THROUGH them I could grow (as they grow) and be sharpened (as iron sharpens iron) and they too could grow and be sharpened. Homeschooling is but a tool in my Master’s hand for growing and sharpening me, it is a challenge but luckily for me his mercies are new every morning!

What are you willing to sacrifice for your pearls of great price?

When God called me to homeschool, I had a lucrative career, free babysitter (my mom), and I could reasonably afford all of the finer things that life had to offer for my children. I could have paid for a fine private christian education, I could have had a little more “me time”, as so many moms like to call it.

When God called me, he asked me to sacrifice all of that in exchange for this beautiful chaotic mess! Would I quit my job? Would I keep my children home with me and teach them of Him? Would I educate them academically AND spiritually? Would I sacrifice my “me time” in order to provide them with more of me?

When God called me….he was asking HOW MUCH ARE THOSE PEARLS WORTH?

How much are those pearls worth? How obedient are you willing to be? Are you willing to go and sell all that you have in order to purchase these pearls? Will you sell out completely to follow MY calling on your life? Will you exchange your will for MY will? Are you just playing the part of obedient follower or are you REALLY obedient? How MUCH are those pearls worth? Are they worth sacrificing for? Do you see them as I see them, the same way I see you? A child who is worth investing in, a child who is lost and needs direction, love, attention, worth sacrificing for. Do you see it? Are you truly treating them as if they were your pearls of great price?

a pic from the first days of homeschooling below, my babies and my nephews.

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A Homeschool Mentor


Don’t you wish that when you began this journey there had been someone ahead of you on this path?  Don’t you wish, that when you were in homeschool “hell”, there had been someone that could’ve said definitively “oh honey…I HAVE BEEN THERE, but believe me this will pass”?  Don’t you wish, that there was someone who really did understand exactly what you meant when you couldn’t find the words to describe the frustration of teaching a child to read who was struggling to learn?”  Well, I am that mom.  I’ve been there, and I can say assuredly  this too shall pass.  I have a very gifted 6 year old, who  is a “homeschool dream”, I also have a dyslexic, auditory processing disordered 9 year old who was very nearly the “homeschool death” of me.  I really do understand.

I know the joy of seeing your little girl doing multiplication at 5, and the pain of seeing your 9 year old struggle to read.  I understand!  I know the “whale motel” side of things…..I ran from the calling to homeschool.  I know the “schechem” side of things from when I returned to that “first place”.  I really do understand!  There aren’t alot of homeschool experiences I have failed to have, so let me assure you…..this mom feels your pain!  I feel compelled to throw these things out into the spotlight, even though I’m sure there will be flaming darts sent my way because I am publicly admitting that I have succeeded many times, and yet still I fail daily.   This is just the kind of admission the “anti-homeschooler” would love to read, and yet…I really could care less.   Why?  Because somewhere out there, there is a mother who is homeschooling and she is seriously considering giving up.  She thinks she’s failed, she know’s she’s hindering her child and not helping, she’s hurting and she’s tired.  I have a reminder for you homeschool sister…..Jesus said

come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest”  Matthew 11:28

Cast your care’s upon him for he cares for you….and don’t ever forget, when he called you—-he already knew every step it would take to get across this desert terrain, and he planted every well along the way in exactly the right place so that just as you feel overcome….there is a refreshing place to rest.  He’s got this all working together, refining and perfecting you.  Don’t be discouraged, be encouraged….you’re never alone.

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